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Bay Port graduates more than 400 Sunday

By Ben Rodgers

SUAMICO – More than 400 seniors moved onto the next stage of their lives at the Bay Port High School graduation on Sunday, June 3.

Many offered advice and wisdom to the 2018 graduating class at an event that filled the gym in the high school.

“You are engineered for excellence, you are designed for accomplishment,” Superintendent Damian LaCroix told the class.

LaCroix’s message was for the new graduates to love whenever and wherever they can.

“Three things will last, faith and hope and love, and love is the greatest of those things,” he said. “Congratulations graduates and may you go forth and love.”

Principal Mike Frieder told the class the four traits that define leaders.

Leaders are comfortable with the uncomfortable, leaders give, leaders understand the little things make a big difference, and leadership is not a title, you know when you see it.

Frieder used staff recommendations and named numerous graduates who are leaders.

Co-valedictorian Alexis Abel urged her fellow graduates to get outside of their own bubbles, and never to settle.

“Embrace the gray area, get political and welcome the tension,” she said.

Nathaniel Schlueter, the other co-valedictorian, encouraged his classmates to spread kindness, one act at a time.

“My request to all of you is that you seek to perform small tasks that will make people happy,” Schlueter said. “Do them often, do them quietly, and do or do not, there is no try.”

Scott Pamperin, a social studies teacher, gave the staff address. Pamperin is a 2012 Bay Port graduate, who came back to work in the district.

He wanted graduates to remember where they came from as they venture out into the world.

“Use your experiences and your relationships here to help you in your future,” Pamperin said. “Don’t ever forget this place.”

As a former student, Pamperin assured the graduating class that this is just the beginning for them.

“You will do remarkable things in this life that were influenced by this place,” he said.

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